How Google searches are used to track infectious diseases

How Google searches are used to track infectious diseases

Google searches could be a game changer for monitoring illnesses around the world.

New research indicates online searches can indeed help health officials track diseases. The findings follow previous attempts that yielded mixed results.

A team from Harvard University has accurately -- and quickly -- tracked dengue fever in underdeveloped countries by using a mathematical model that combines Google searches and clinical government data.

China is crushing the U.S. in renewable energy

China is crushing the U.S. in renewable energy

China may be the planet's biggest polluter but it's also powering ahead of other countries on renewable energy.

As the Trump administration yanks the U.S. out of the Paris climate change agreement, claiming it will hurt the American economy, Beijing is investing hundreds of billions of dollars and creating millions of jobs in clean power.

China has built vast solar and wind farms, helping fuel the growth of major industries that sell their products around the world.

Robo advisers set to rock investment world

Robo advisers set to rock investment world

Few people have heard of robo advisers, much less know what they do. Even fewer have used one.

Yet, robo advisers may prove the biggest game changer in the world of investing, playing a key role in shaping people's financial future.

Let me explain. Robo advisers (robos for short) offer a cheap, automatic version of the services provided by an expensive financial adviser to pick the stocks and bonds you invest your savings in.

Could a blockchain-based electricity network change the energy market?

Could a blockchain-based electricity network change the energy market?

The blockchain. It is the much-hyped, virtually foolproof digital ledger that allows cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin to flourish without the need for banks and governments, and promises to enable everything from the creation of ethical supply chains, to the ensuring of instantaneous payment on delivery of goods and services agreed to in immutable smart contracts.

Novel Leukemia Treatment Could Be 1st US Gene Therapy

Novel Leukemia Treatment Could Be 1st US Gene Therapy

A treatment for a common childhood blood cancer could become the first gene therapy available in the U.S.

A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted 10-0 on Wednesday in favor of the leukemia treatment developed by the University of Pennsylvania and Novartis Corp. The FDA usually follows recommendations from its expert panels, but isn't obligated to do so.

The therapy could be the first of a wave of treatments custom-made to target a patient's cancer. 

The case for investors sticking out the volatility in bitcoin and ethereum

The case for investors sticking out the volatility in bitcoin and ethereum

Investors should not be put off by the price volatility for cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and ethereum because these digital assets are still very new and offer nearly unparalleled returns, experts told CNBC.

On Tuesday, ethereum's price fell below $200 for the first time since May 30; the cryptocurrency has fallen more than 50 percent since hitting an all-time high of over $400 in early June. Meanwhile in May, a price correction for bitcoin wiped off nearly $4 billion in its market value.

IBM-Backed Hyperledger Releases New Blockchain Code ‘Fabric’

IBM-Backed Hyperledger Releases New Blockchain Code ‘Fabric’

Companies of all sorts are scrambling to create standardized versions of blockchain software and, on Tuesday, one group of them reached a major milestone in the space by releasing its vision of blockchain to the public.

The software, known as Fabric 1.0, has been stitched together over the last year by an outfit called Hyperledger, which represents the efforts of IBM (IBM, -0.20%)and other companies to deploy a blockchain tool that can do things like track food shipments or keep track of diamond sources.

New ICO Promises Mainstream Adoption of Cryptocurrencies

New ICO Promises Mainstream Adoption of Cryptocurrencies

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, while potentially transformative on the macro level, are hard for most people to adopt on the micro-level. Indeed, the opportunities created by Bitcoin and its underlying technology—blockchain—are only being used by 8-10 million people (≤1% of the world’s population), and a significant share of that number comprises government entities, stock exchanges, banks, financial services firms, and startups.

'Big 4' Accounting Firms Are Experimenting With Blockchain And Bitcoin

'Big 4' Accounting Firms Are Experimenting With Blockchain And Bitcoin

While the landscape for blockchain technology is still in its infancy, its potential is transformational and has led to entities across industries to experiment and embrace it. The ‘Big 4’ are no different. The four largest accounting firms in the world, dubbed as the Big 4, are active members of the blockchain revolution that’s all set to fundamentally change the way traditional services are offered and how businesses operate. Here’s how each of these firms is engaging with Bitcoin and the blockchain technology.

 

Spurned by Trump, China and Mexico talk about a trade deal

Spurned by Trump, China and Mexico talk about a trade deal

President Trump threatened to slap tariffs on China and Mexico during his campaign. Now the two nations could team up for their own trade deal.

China's ambassador to Mexico, Qui Xiaoqi, emphasized that China is ready to talk to Mexico about a "free trade agreement."

"There is no difficulty from China's side," Qui said last week. "We have great interest in deepening and broadening these ties."

Chain CEO On Why B2B Payments Needs Blockchain

Chain CEO On Why B2B Payments Needs Blockchain

 

ByPYMNTS

Posted on June 30, 2017

   

The blockchain has a bit of an identity crisis. Everyone who is anyone in financial services knows what it is, and there is broad consensus at this point that it will play a very important role in financial services.

Yet few can really articulate how it all works or what exactly it will do — and when.

Here’s a little proof.

According to WEX’s First Annual Payments Pulse Survey, 66 percent of the 500 CFOs interviewed say that they are quite certain that they understand blockchain; 50 percent think it is going to change the way they pay other businesses; 38 percent believe it will be the catalyst for massive innovation and only 6 have any real thoughts on how they might specifically use the blockchain. Not 6 percent — that would be 30 people with concrete ideas — we mean six CFOs in total.

And while it might be tempting to poke fun at those confident, if somewhat confused, CFOs, Adam Ludwin, co-founder & CEO at Chain, told Karen Webster that, actually, they are pretty much in the same boat as everyone else when it comes to the blockchain.

The bloke behind Star Fox is building a blockchain based casino. No, really

The bloke behind Star Fox is building a blockchain based casino. No, really

One of the brains behind classic Nintendo game Star Fox is launching a blockchain-based online gambling service that could leave regulators stumped – and says he has raised $200,000 from the public to launch it.

Argonaut Software founder Jez San’s Funfair project aims to put online gambling onto blockchain, the technology solution desperately searching for a problem to solve.

Global borrowing hits record as big central banks prepare to tighten credit

Global borrowing hits record as big central banks prepare to tighten credit

Global debt levels have climbed $500 billion in the past year to a record $217 trillion, a new study shows, just as major central banks prepare to end years of super-cheap credit policies.

World markets were jarred this week by a chorus of central bankers warning about overpriced assets, excessive consumer borrowing and the need to begin the process of normalizing world interest rates from the extraordinarily low levels introduced to offset the fallout of the 2009 credit crash.

Money systems: Why rupee should mimic Bitcoin

Money systems: Why rupee should mimic Bitcoin

ISLAMABAD: Financial crises during the last two decades have shattered confidence in global currencies. Notable examples include Mexican peso during Tequila crisis of 1994, Thailand Baht and Malaysian ringgit in the 1997 Asian financial crisis, the United States dollar in global financial crisis of late-2008 and most recently Euro during Greek sovereign debt crisis. All of these currencies lost value in double digits at the peak of their respective financial crisis. As is often the case, crisis begets opportunity.

Uber becomes a cautionary tale for startups

Uber becomes a cautionary tale for startups

Uber's day of reckoning has arrived -- and with it perhaps a moment of truth for all technology startups.

Uber unveiled sweeping recommendations on Tuesday following a months-long investigation into its corporate culture. At the same time, CEO Travis Kalanick stepped aside indefinitely to grieve for his mother and to work on improving leadership at Uber.The announcements capped off nearly six bruising months of scandals and PR crises. The constant drumbeat of damaging stories has transformed Uber from a poster child of the industry into a cautionary tale for startups trying to grow at all costs while refusing to grow up.

Are Your Chats Really Private? Reasons to Switch to Blockchain-Based Messenger

Are Your Chats Really Private? Reasons to Switch to Blockchain-Based Messenger

To not read other people’s mail is a basic courtesy and, of course, good manners. It is also the right thing to do and we teach it to young children all the time. However, when it comes to online communications, almost all governments want to read your email and look into your chats.

The vulnerabilities are worrying

The right to privacy, which should not be debatable, is now a topic of discussion in the media. How did we end up from living in a society where our private correspondence was sacrosanct to becoming a world filled with peeping toms?

It is not only the government that wants to look into your communications but also peddlers of wares, advertisers, con-artists and, perhaps, even your employers and loved ones. In this day and age when we are so vulnerable, perhaps we need to take control of our own privacy.

In our everyday lives, we use instant messengers and mobile applications to talk to loved ones, discuss work and even conclude important financial transactions. Many cryptocurrency enthusiasts might even carry out business and trade using messaging software on the Internet.

Popular messaging applications like WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook Messenger, Skype and others are prone to security vulnerabilities. Even though messengers like WhatsApp and Telegram have implemented end-to-end encryption, they are still prone to man-in-the-middle attacks or attacks at the device level. Some messengers may even have left backdoors for governments to carry out an interception.

Where Blockchain technology steps in

Crypviser, the first encrypted unified cross-platform application on Blockchain, is a messenger that seeks to address many problems. It can handle chat, audio and video calling, photo/video/file sharing, voice conferences, etc. The integrated crypto wallet in the application allows users to keep, manage and transfer money through the CVPay system.

The Crypviser messenger can not only protect casual users but also specialists like journalists in and off the field, business people, politicians or anyone who is at risk of being eavesdropped upon.

The primary reason why Crypviser is safer is that it uses Blockchain in conjunction with what they describe as “real” end-to-end encryption in a unified, secure and instant communications network.

Data kept on the device is also encrypted and secure. With Blockchain authentication in place, users can identify and confirm public keys that they hold and the man-in-the-middle threat is eliminated. Detailed information on how Crypviser works can be found here.

Crypviser also features an “intelligent intrusion detection” system that aims to detect and prevent third-party interception attempts. The icing on the cake is that Crypviser supports multiple devices and makes it possible for users to work across their technological universe. A secure sync system makes sure that devices sync up with encryption in place.

Ongoing ICO event a chance to support privacy

The cryptocurrency that Crypviser is launching is called CVCoins and the ongoing crowd sale is being held till June 30, 2017. This gives the public an opportunity to support a messaging platform that keeps the question of their privacy at the center. The cryptocurrency community might have a platform where they can not only exchange crypto in private but also talk about it in confidence.  

CVCoins (CVC) are currently available at a discount of five percent and they will be listed on markets at the initial rate of 0.99 EUR for 1 CVC. 10 mln coins are up for grabs for investors during the crowdsale.